Marc Mercier - Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Marc Mercier

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 416-869-5770

Marc Mercier* is a partner in and is the practice group leader of the Financial Services Group with a particular emphasis in his practice on secured, unsecured and merger and acquisition financing, treasury management and financial derivatives-related matters, and reorganizational workouts and restructurings. Marc also handles extensive financing work in the subordinated/convertible debt, venture capital and private equity areas.

Marc's experience includes:

  • Acting for Hilco (UK) Ltd. in its purchase of $130 million of the Kraus Group's debt and security from three secured lenders
  • Acting for Allied Nevada Gold Corp. in its effective US$400.4 million senior note offering with a cross currency interest rate swap
  • Acting for Summitt Energy in connection with its completion of a multi-year extension of its $100 million energy supply agreements with one of the world's leading energy companies
  • Acted as counsel to the Federal Government of Canada in connection with the restructurings and refinancings of General Motors and Chrysler
  • Acting for the Heico Companies of Chicago in connection with its US$225 million refinancing of its Canadian operations with JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • Acting as counsel for Harley-Davidson Canada in connection with its renewal of syndicated bank credit facilities totalling US$500 million for a 3-year term to support its and HDFS Canada’s commercial paper program and to fund its and HDFS Canada’s lending activities and other operations
  • Acts for a number of TSX and NYSE reporting issuers in connection with their corporate, treasury and finance needs
  • Acts extensively for a number of Canadian and foreign banks in relation to loans, including syndicated financings, cross-border multi-currency transactions, project financings and LBO/MBO financings, as well as subordinated lending transactions
  • Acts extensively for labour sponsored venture funds in connection with their securities and tax regulatory needs, as well as in connection with their investments in equity, quasi-equity and qualified debt obligations
  • Routinely acts for foreign and domestic lenders, monitors and receivers in connection with special accounts, work-out related, security enforcement and receivership files – experience includes lead counsel roles in connection with various current and/or recent high profile insolvency and CCAA proceedings, such as Crystallex International,, Ivaco Inc., Tahera Diamond Corporation, Brute Engineering, Cedar Grove School and Brooklin Concrete
  • Acted for Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. and RBC Capital Markets in connection with the $1.37 billion buy-out of Gateway Casino Income Fund by New World Gaming Partners Ltd., a joint venture controlled by Macquarie Group Limited
  • Acts for J.P. Morgan Chase, N.A. in connection with the establishment of a $125 million warehousing facility for Porsche
  • Routinely acts for regulated financial institutions in connection with their derivatives businesses and dealings with regulators
  • Acts extensively for financial institutions and end-users of swaps and other financial derivative instruments in the treasury management and commodities areas
  • Acts extensively for the investment banking arm of a US financial institution in relation to a number of asset backed securitization programmes established in Canada

Marc is the author of various articles published in legal journals and texts. He speaks frequently at derivatives, secured lending, insolvency and restructuring, and law reform conferences and bank seminars. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in the late 1990s, where he led classes in debt financing and restructuring, Marc has been an adjunct faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University since 2005, where he teaches advanced financing law in the graduate (masters level) banking programme. As a senior member and practice group leader of the firm's financial services practice area, Marc is extremely active in the practice development and mentoring of both senior and junior members of his team. Marc is also on the board of directors of the Ontario Hockey Association and the prestigious National Club in Toronto.

*denotes Professional Corporation

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University of Western OntarioBA 1988University of New BrunswickLL.B 1991Boston UniversityLL.M 1993
Boston University Alumni Association of CanadaINSOL InternationalCanadian Insolvency Foundation

Office Location

Scotia Plaza, Suite 2100
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law